Michael LaBelle

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On sabbatical year from Oct 1, 2022

Dr. Michael LaBelle is an associate professor at Central European University. He is in the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy and holds a partial teaching position in the Department of Economics and Business. He is also, an Open Society University Network Senior Academy Fellow, at Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Professor LaBelle's research is centered on energy governance, energy justice, geopolitics, security, and innovation. The role of state institutions to foster investment is central to understanding the role of companies in developing new energy technologies. His geographic focus is on Central Eastern Europe and the European Union. He is the author of the book, Energy Cultures: Technology, Justice, and Geopolitics in Eastern Europe, published by Edward Elgar. He is also the producer and host of the My Energy 2050 podcast. From 2017 - 2021 he held the Jean Monnet Chair in Energy Innovations and Strategies at CEU, awarded by the European Commission

Previously, Dr. LaBelle was a member of the Atlantic Council’s Emerging Leaders in Environmental and Energy Policy Network. He worked in the CEU Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP) and at the Regional Center for Energy Policy Research (REKK) at Corvinus University. He has worked on projects for the European Commission, United States Agency for International Development, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Energy Regulators Regional Association and energy consulting companies, and European universities. He holds an MSc and PhD in Geographical Sciences from the University of Bristol.


A note: For a list of some publications and a quantification of my work there is Google Scholar. For a fuller list, please see my CV (updated once or twice a year). However, to gain a better understanding of my ongoing work, I suggest listening to a few episodes of the My Energy  2050 podcast. This serves an important function in disseminating a wide variety of information and experiences from fellow academics, policymakers, business leaders, and an eclectic mix of people who are all making the energy transition possible. The website also contains my analysis of important energy issues that feed into my academic research output and into course work. The podcast and website are open-access. 


Ph.D. in Geographical Sciences (2006), University of Bristol, UK

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